| I do love this color,...
, March 1, 2013
I do love this color, as the others are great (really like the bright yellow for
the 0.3mm as well), this one just looks great. Heres my review.
Length - Not too short or long, works well.
Pipe Length - About standard, not enough to have me change my writing style to
make it work.
Tip - Awesome, its on the longer side due to it part of the grip. Absolutely
love the design of the tip, one of my favorites.
Grip - Favorite, well one of my favorite, knurling on this is fantastic, I would
put it above the Rotring. I have some Alvins that the knurling is wearing down,
but still gives a great grip when writing. Some might say its too aggressive, I
say toughen up some. When you're writing for hours, taking down notes and
jotting things down quickly, it wont slip out of your fingers. Also, I hvent had
it unscrew but just a few times, but thats a rare occasion.
Body - Plastic, but strong, havent snapped it, not sure how other people snap
it, if you're not using it as a pry bar then it shouldn't be a problem. Also,
they're color coded so makes it easy when you pick it knowing what lead size
they are. The girth of the grip is about right, wished it was a tad wider, but
definitely better than most out there (Rotring 500, Pentel 205, etc.).
Lettering - Stands out nicely...
Clip - Has one, about standard, has turned on me really, havent bent mine either
as I dont really use the clip, more there to keep it from rolling off the table.
Lead Indicator - Has one, which is a plus. Knurled as well, not that a lead
indicator needs to be knurled, but sure does make it look nice.
Cap - Shiny, I dont take my cap off very much, really only to refill it...
Lettering - It will wear off with lots of use, I have several that have worn off
Lead Indicator - Biggest grip about these pencils is that its a crap shoot of
whether the indicator will be stiff or not. This is the downside of buying
online, I've had to go to a drafting store to replace a couple of these as the
indicators become too loose, to the point that I wont know what lead softness is
in them without first writing. Not a deal breaker, but worth noting.
Cap - This is another crap shoot, some are more better fitting than others.
Again, this is a downside to buying online but not a total deal breaker as they
do go into the pencil enough not to have fallen out while in use.
Definitely get these, they are a little more pricey than others, but for what
you're getting, its a damn good pencil. I mainly use these in my daily use. I
have the 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, and the 0.9mm.
| The Alvin Draftmatic...
, February 17, 2013
The Alvin Draftmatic 0.9mm is one of the best pencils ever produced, by any
This series (Alvin's line available in sizes 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, and 0.9mm)
have become my favourite, even above Rotring 800s and Pentel Graphgears and
Pro-use drafting pencils...
They are made to the highest levels of quality.
They have a solid click and precise lead advancement.
Solid weight and feel.
Metal-to-metal grip attachment... it does *not* screw onto plastic threading
which is easy to strip.
Metal lead reservoir tube inside.
Solid knurled metal lead indicator dial at the eraser cap end.
Must be tried to be understood fully. It's quality and price do not correspond
at all. It's worth 5 or 6 times as much, and I'd be happy to buy one at such a
price, if I ever had to replace mine. But once you have one of these, you will
likely never have to buy another one EVER, unless it gets stolen or you lose it,
or if you want to bless your friend or brother or sister with one of these
beautiful pencils. Really, they should last your entire life... they are such
The best. You will not be disappointed with an Alvin pencil.